Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School


Subject Overview

Science

Aims and objectives:

Our Science curriculum is taught through Cornerstones Curriculum and aims to expose children to the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics under the umbrella term of ‘Science’. Dairy Meadow Primary School values Science because it makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of everyday life. All children are naturally curious about their environment and Science is a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. 

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The main aspects of science to be studied will be determined by the programmes of study of the National Curriculum 2014.

Teaching and Learning:

The science projects are sequenced to develop both children’s substantive and declarative knowledge, and if possible, make meaningful links to other projects. For example, in Year 3, the projects Plants and Light are taught alongside the design and technology project Greenhouse and the art and design project Beautiful Botanicals. These links allow for children to embed their substantive knowledge in new and often real-life contexts.

The sequencing of projects ensures that children have the substantive knowledge and vocabulary to comprehend subsequent projects fully. Each project’s place in the year has also been carefully considered. For example, projects that involve growing plants or observing animals are positioned at a suitable time of year to give children the best possible opportunity to make first-hand observations. Within all the science projects, disciplinary knowledge is embedded within substantive content.

Additional Support:

Science is catered for all learners at Dairy Meadow. Key vocabulary is displayed and added to as topics progress and clear differentiation for learners is evident. Making links to the children’s own backgrounds and ensuring practical and real life experiences is also essential in ensuring Science is inclusive to all children.

Assessment:

There are a number of ways teachers assess Science at Dairy Meadow. Metacognition documents are provided and strategies adopted to ensure the retention of knowledge. Key learning is recapped on in subsequent lessons and children have the chance to make links across all subjects. End of unit assessments are also another opportunity for teachers to assess the children’s strengths and address any gaps in their learning. Children are tracked according to the NC national programmes of study.

Staff Development:

Teachers will be given opportunities to voice their opinions through Science surveys and professional conversations. Teachers will review the impact of the Cornerstones topics they have taught and what further support they require in delivering high quality Science lessons. A dedicated Science lead has been appointed to ensure quality of teaching and ensure lessons are well resourced.

Monitoring and Evaluating:

Learning Walks will be carried out to gather pupil voice and provide opportunities to hear what the children have learnt and enjoyed in their Science lessons. Book looks will ensure high quality teaching and learning of Science is consistent throughout Dairy Meadow.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Children will have the opportunity to take part in British Science Week as well as meeting STEM ambassadors to give a real life context to their learning. Trips will be organised that have a scientific link and there are plans for Science workshops.

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